lauren mehler pradhan, Managing Director
Lauren Mehler Pradhan is the Founding Managing Director of Grow North. Lauren is passionate about changing the way food is grown, made, and distributed as well as the impact individuals and start-ups can have in transforming our food system.
Prior to Grow North, Lauren worked for 12 years at General Mills in brand management where she led established brands, business turnarounds, health strategy, and new product development. Lauren has a BA from Rutgers College and an MBA from Harvard.
Lauren is on the board of No Kid Hungry Minneapolis, an adviser for the AGRI New Markets Program for the Dept of Ag, and Feast! Local Food Network and a mentor for the Techstars Farm to Fork accelerator. She was acknowledged as National Rising Star and '40 under 40' by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, '50 on Fire' through Minne Inno and one of the 100 People to Know in 2019 from Twin Cities Business Magazine.
Lauren is also a blue ribbon winner in the 2016 Minnesota State Fair for her Peach Honey Chutney.
Jenna Kay Foertsch
GROW NORTH IS a part of the Holmes Center For Entrepreneurship at the University of Minnesota
We believe system level change is possible through a love of food, innovation and entrepreneurship.
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